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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1-5

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15  
1.1
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
17:37
1.2
II. Largo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
11:22
1.3
III. Rondo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
8:52
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19  
1.4
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
14:49
1.5
II. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle; Mitsuko Uchida
9:17
1.6
III. Rondo. Molto allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle; Mitsuko Uchida
6:18
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37  
2.1
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
17:47
2.2
II. Largo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
10:36
2.3
III. Rondo. Allegro – Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
9:18
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58  
2.4
I. Allegro moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle; Mitsuko Uchida
20:08
2.5
II. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
5:28
2.6
III. Rondo. Vivace – Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
10:10
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73  
3.1
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
21:04
3.2
II. Adagio un poco mosso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Sir Simon Rattle; Mitsuko Uchida
8:23
3.3
III. Rondo. Allegro, ma non troppo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker; Mitsuko Uchida; Sir Simon Rattle
10:14
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There is hardly a better way to approach Ludwig van Beethoven than through his piano concertos. Beethoven's own instrument was the piano, and in his improvisations – which made him the darling of the Viennese salons – he merged virtuosity and unbridled expression. The piano concertos give a clear idea of these performances. At the same time, they are prime examples of Beethoven's ability to create large orchestral works with seemingly endless arcs of tension. The complete recording of all five works with Mitsuko Uchida and Sir Simon Rattle was one of the most spectacular projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker during the Rattle era – and at the same time the highlight of the collaboration between the orchestra and the pianist, which began in 1984. The performances were given a rapturous reception in the auditorium and in the press – as one critic wrote, the audience was overwhelmed by a "collective sense of happiness". With vibrant freshness, the performances brought the whole combative energy of these works to life. At the same time, they revealed Beethoven's incomparable spirituality, which – according to Mitsuko Uchida – "allows us to see to the end of the universe".
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